Laudato Si 223: The Liberation of Sobriety

Earth from Apollo 8The encyclical letter Laudato Si is available here on the Vatican website.

223. Such sobriety, when lived freely and consciously, is liberating. It is not a lesser life or one lived with less intensity. On the contrary, it is a way of living life to the full. In reality, those who enjoy more and live better each moment are those who have given up dipping here and there, always on the look-out for what they do not have.

I remember working amo0ng college students, and how so many of them found it difficult to launch into life: what if this is the wrong major, the wrong school, the wrong person to marry, the wrong career? Sometimes the wrong faith. The more integrated young people I knew took time with Pope Francis’ suggestions that follow:

They experience what it means to appreciate each person and each thing, learning familiarity with the simplest things and how to enjoy them. So they are able to shed unsatisfied needs, reducing their obsessiveness and weariness. Even living on little, they can live a lot, above all when they cultivate other pleasures and find satisfaction in fraternal encounters, in service, in developing their gifts, in music and art, in contact with nature, in prayer. Happiness means knowing how to limit some needs which only diminish us, and being open to the many different possibilities which life can offer.

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Todd lives in the Pacific Northwest, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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